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Helping Your Child Adjust to Preschool

There are plenty of benefits of preschool - it can be a great place for kids to interact with peers and to learn valuable life lessons such as how to share, take turns, and follow rules. Preschool can also prepare kids for kindergarten and beyond.

But going to preschool does come with its fair share of emotions, for both the parent and the child. For a kid, entering a new preschool environment filled with unfamiliar teachers and children can cause both anxiety and anticipation. For parents, there may be mixed emotions over whether the child is ready for preschool. The more comfortable you are about your decision to place your child in preschool and the more familiar the setting can be made for your child, the fewer problems you - and your little one - will encounter.
Easing Your Child's Fears

Spend time talking with your child about preschool even before it starts. Before the first day, gradually introduce your child to activities that often take place in a classroom. A child accustomed to scribbling with paper and crayons at home, for example, will find it comforting to discover the same crayons and paper in his or her preschool classroom.

Visiting your child's first preschool classroom a few times before school starts can also ease the entrance into unfamiliar territory. This offers the opportunity to not only meet your child's teacher and ask about routines and common activities, but to then introduce some of those routines and activities to the child at home. While you're in the classroom, let your child explore and observe the class in his or her own way and choose whether to interact with other children. The idea is to familiarize your child with the classroom and to let him or her get comfortable.

You can also use this time to ask your child's new teacher how he or she handles the first tear-filled days. How will the first week be structured to make the transition smooth for your child?
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